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Badger crew teams competed at the Windermere Classic this weekend

Lightweights finish undefeated at Windermere

The Wisconsin women's lightweight rowing team picked up six wins at the Windermere Collegiate Crew Classic Saturday and Sunday in Redwood Shores, Calif.

Wisconsin's first varsity eight team defeated Georgetown on the 2,000-meter course Saturday, winning in 6 minutes 46.46 seconds, ahead of the Hoyas' 7:04.14. Later that day, Wisconsin defeated Princeton, winning the race in 7:15.72 to Princeton's 7:18.86.

Sunday, the Badger varsity eight team finished more than 30 seconds ahead of San Diego State. The Badgers won in 6:42.53, while San Diego State finished in 7:13.64.

The second varsity lightweight boat won all of its competitions, defeating Princeton and Stanford Saturday and California Sunday.

"Overall we had a great weekend," varsity lightweight coach Mary Shofner said. "The girls were very focused all weekend, and it was a good step in our preparation for the bigger regattas down the road."

Wisconsin competes at the Knecht Cup in Camden, N.J., April 16-17.

Men's varsity eight struggles at Windermere

The No. 12 Wisconsin men's varsity eight rowing team could not get a win at the Windermere Collegiate Crew Classic in Redwood Shores, Calif., over the weekend.

No. 17 Michigan squeaked by Wisconsin Saturday, completing the 2,000-meter course in 5 minutes. 47.24 seconds, while Wisconsin was just six hundredths of a second behind, finishing in 5:47.30.

No. 13 Oregon State jumped out to an early lead Saturday and beat Wisconsin to the finish line, finishing in 6:03.82 to Wisconsin's 6:12.83.

On Sunday, Wisconsin lost its final race to No. 2 California. The Bears crossed the finish line of the 2,000-meter course in 5:45.70 while Wisconsin finished in 5:59.82.

Of the rowers competing on Wisconsin's top varsity eight boat, only one had competed in a varsity race prior to this meet.

"Today was an interesting initiation for all our guys who haven't raced varsity yet," head coach Chris Clark said. "Cal was about as fast as anybody today and was good for us to race against a team like that."

Openweights compete at Windermere

The No. 14 Wisconsin women's openweight crew team faced some of the top competition in the country at the Windermere Collegiate Crew Classic in Redwood Shores, Calif., Saturday and Sunday, but only the unranked second varsity eight picked up wins, against Stanford Saturday and Washington Sunday.

Wisconsin's No. 14 first varsity eight team faced No. 5 California in its first NCAA competition this season. The Bears completed the 2,000-meter course in 6 minutes, 28 seconds, with Wisconsin behind in 6:39.42.

Wisconsin's top boat also fell to No. 10 Stanford Saturday afternoon, with the Cardinals winning the race in 6:55.12. Wisconsin finished less than three seconds behind, in 6:57.76.

Sunday, the varsity eight boat lost its race to No. 11 Washington, with the Huskies finishing in 6:35.53 to Wisconsin's 6:40.41.

The second varsity eight boat won two of its three races, finishing ahead of Stanford Saturday and Washington Sunday. The Badgers, though, lost their race to Cal Saturday.

The openweights will compete against Minnesota, Iowa, Michigan State and Michigan in Ann Arbor, Mich., next Saturday.

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